Plum galore! 5 ways to enjoy plums this season

Jul 25th

By lisa

This time of the year we can't help but marvel at the beauty of plums. They come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Some are tart, some are sweet, and some are... we have no idea what variety they are, but they are delicious nonetheless! 

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One of the joys - and challenges - of having a plum tree in your backyard is that plums growing on the same tree have a tendency to ripen all at once. So what should you do with all the plums? Here are 5 ways you can turn them into a delicious creation!


1. Bake!
Pies, tarts, galettes, crumbles, possibilities are endless! Chose a crisper variety so they don't completely fall apart when baked. Try this plum frangipane tart recipe that accentuate the contrast between the tart plums and sweet almond custard.  

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2. Make smoothies
Luckily plums freeze quite well. So cut up some excess plums you have (with peels on but remove the pit), freeze them, and take them out whenever you are craving a fruity smoothie! Try this ginger plum smoothie.

3. Make jams, butters, chutneys, etc
Again, possibilities are endless here. You can go sweet or savory. Here's a plum butter recipe using a slow cooker for extra rich butter. 

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4. Make plum wine!
If you enjoy nice fruity concoction after dinner, then you can make plum wine at home! Use very ripe, full-flavored plums for the optimal result. You can use sweet plums only or mix sweet and tart plums for a more complex flavor. Here's a super easy recipe to try.  

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5. Make ice cream
For an all-age version of after-dinner dessert, try making ice cream. Choose a deep-colored variety for more dramatic effect. Here's a recipe for Italian plum ice cream. Enjoy!

Don't have plums growing in your backyard? Then become a member and reserve a free share of Fruit for All CSA! You'll get to enjoy a bag full of freshest urban fruit including plums, enough to try any of these recipes!

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